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Panama Balboa Soberana Gluten Test

Here come three test results from Panama beers in one post. Joe was so kind to provide me with the results from his recent Panama trip.

Panama Lager. Slight red line, barely visible at 20ppm.

Cerveza Soberana, similar result at 20ppm. Ever so slight red line.

Balboa Premium Classic Lager. Absolutely no sign of redline whatsoever at 20ppm. Will test this one again at 5ppm on next trip.

Panama Balboa Soberana Gluten Test

Beer: Panama Lager
Beer: Cerveza Soberana
Beer: Balboa Premium Classic Lager

Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Joe tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Panama Gluten Test Soberana Gluten Test Balboa Gluten Test

Test result: There are three different test results. Panama is clearly positive, Soberano is positive but the test line is weaker than in the Panama test. Balboa is negative on 20 ppm. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible red test line on the right of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. The blue line on the left test area ( C ) is a control line and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. As always please don’t take any of the test results as a medical advice – see my facts page.


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  1. Avatar photo

    Thanks for the tests Joe!

  2. Sam

    Thanks for the test results. So am i right in interpretting these as that Balboa is less than 20ppm with Panama and Soberana being greater than 20ppm ?

  3. Hermes

    This is great!!! My GF will get to drink Balboa

    • Joe

      Yes, I also re tested Panama and I believe that to be less than 20ppm as well. I think in my original test, I went past the time limit. I have been drinking both without issue. Also modelo especial is very common at most restaurants in panama and that is the best for me, no issues whatsoever. Oh Atlas as well is below 20ppm.

  4. Simon

    thanks for publishing these tests! Balboa it is.

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